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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Brownrigg, Sandra D
URN etd-07032007-091602
Document Title Freemasonry : menís lived experience of their membership of a male-only society
Degree MA (Clinical Psychology
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Prof J B Schoeman
  • exclusivity
  • brotherhood
  • rituals
  • Freemasons
  • hermeneutics
  • phenomenology
  • female exclusion
  • Freemasonry
  • male-only
Date 2005-12-06
Availability unrestricted
This study explores the themes of the experience of belonging to a male-only society, namely Freemasonry, by allowing members of the Freemasons to tell their stories of their experience of belonging to Freemasonry. The epistemological framework was that of phenomenology, using a qualitative research design. The study involved a series of in-depth individual interviews. Their stories provide alternative ways of perceiving menís experience of belonging to a male-only society, focusing on the Freemasons. Several common themes were also identified in the participantsí interviews. The researcher found that the history of the Freemasons plays a large role in the memberís justification for female exclusion. Gender, as well as the members need to belong to a male- only society, gave the researcher some insight into their experience of belonging to a male-only society. The themes that were articulated in the study may be helpful in trying to understand the experiences of belonging to a male-only society.
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